Holy smokes. Journey‘s score has been nominated for a Grammy! It is the first video game soundtrack ever given the honor, although it is not the first video game SONG to be nominated; that was “Babu Yetu” from Civilization IV.
The news was tweeted by Kellee Santiago, co-founder of Thatgamecompany:
Journey‘s nomination is in the Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media category, competing with The Adventures of Tintin – The Secret of the Unicorn, The Artist, The Dark Knight Rises, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and Hugo. To put that into perspective, that group includes composers John Williams, Hans Zimmer, and Trent Reznor, so a win would be an incredible moment for the games industry.
Starting with this year’s Smithsonian’s Video Game Art exhibit, the discussion of whether or not video games are art really seems to be heating up. I think Journey winning a Grammy would certainly be a boost in the “Yes” column.
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards are on Sunday, February 10th at 8pm PT and ET.